The Management

A highly experienced team of biometric industry, production process and business development resources

As of May 2017, NEXT managers include...

Ritu Favre

CEO of NEXT Biometrics beginning 2017.

Proven high tech industry leader specializing in profitably scaling businesses.   Held senior management positions in market leaders such as Motorola, Freescale and Synaptics.  

She is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Knut Stålen

Knut's career includes positions as CFO in Trolltech ASA, Microsoft Norway, Mamut ASA and CFEngine AS.

Both Trolltech ASA and Mamut ASA were listed at Oslo Stock Exchange. During his 13 years in these companies Knut was a part of the Trolltech IPO and the sales of Trolltech to NOKIA and Mamut to VISMA.

He is based in Oslo, Norway. 

Zehira Dadon-Sitbon
VP, Programs & Products Management

High-achieving professional in the semiconductors industry.

Known as an expert in Program, Product and Business Management. Proven record in leading organizational changes toward business success. Held senior management positions in Motorola, Philips, Freescale and Synaptics. 

Zehira is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Campbell Kan
EVP of Asia, Sales & Operations

From year 1991 to 2013, Mr. Campbell Kan worked his way from a software engineer to become head of global operations for ACER, one of the world leading manufacturers of PC’s.

In this position (2011-2013) he managed ACER’s Products, logistics, procurement and quality assurance functions worldwide. He will now plan, build and manage growth of the same functions  within NEXT BIOMETRICS GROUP. Additionally Campbell will assume responsibility of NEXT Sales in Asia. Throughout his career Campbell has held key engineering and operations position shed network within these markets will further strengthen the NEXT organisation.

He is based in Taipei City, Taiwan

Radek Matyasek

Mr Matyasek is a highly respected fingerprint sensor industry sales executive with more than 10 years experience from leading biometric industry companies.

His career includes positions as Regional Sales Manager EMEA at UPEK (02/2004-10/2010), Regional Sales Manager EMEA at Authentec (now Apple)  (11/2010-12/2012) and Regional Sales Manager EMEA at DigitalPersona (now CrossMatch) (01/2013-09/2014).

He is based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Charles Ng
VP, Sales Americas

Charles has in the period 2005-2014 served as Sales Director Americas for UPEK (2005 until the Authentec acquisition Sept / 2010), Authentec (2010 until the Apple acquisition in 2012) and Fingerprintcard (Nov / 2012 until hired by NEXT from April 1st, 2014).

Charles has extensive experience selling biometric sensor solutions to all the key fingerprint sensor market segments including the top tier Mobile & PC OEM's. As part of this he has worked with all major software and hardware platform suppliers.

He is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Dr. Robert Mueller, Phd
VP of Biometric Solutions Group

Over 17 years of experience within Biometrics, Smartcards, Data security and NFC-Payments.

He started working for NEXT in 2010 and has prior to this been 10 years with Munich-based Giesecke & Devrient - one of the world's leading suppliers of authentication-related security solutions.

He is based in Munich, Germany.

Dan Cronin
EVP, Engineering

Dan is a proven R&D Executive with extensive experience in all aspects of Engineering R&D Development.

He has held senior management and technical positions in IBM, Motorola, Freescale, and NXP.  

He is based in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Matias Troccoli

The Chief Technology Officer, Matias Troccoli joined NEXT in 2006 after performing sensor research at the university. He has 12 years of experience in Polysilicon TFT devices and systems, NEXT's core production process.

Matias manages technology projects, including further research, development and transfer to mass production.

He is based out of Seattle (Bellevue) where a significant part of the NEXT engineering team is now located.